The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has stated that his monthly salary is N650,000.
Makinde made this revelation in fulfillment of the promise he made to the people of the state during his electoral campaign that if voted in he would be transparent, declare his assets and monthly wages.
The governor, while addressing the newly sworn-in commissioners in the state, affirmed his readiness to combat poor remuneration in the state’s civil service.
He also noted that the poor remuneration packages in the state could be counterproductive to anti-corruption initiatives.
Read his statement in full.
“We do have challenges and I can give you an example of the kind of issues that we are faced with. When I was on the podium being sworn-in, I announced that I was donating my salary to the pension board. I actually thought my salary was going to be like N3 or N4 million monthly but when I came in here, I discovered that my salary is only six hundred and fifty naira (N650,000) monthly, which is less than two thousand dollars ($2,000). And then, I have a budget of over five hundred million dollars.
“How can somebody earning $24,000 a year preside over a five hundred million dollar budget? The temptation is just too high.
“When I was growing up, anytime I saw permanent secretaries and top civil servants, all around with their entourage, jeeps, Land cruisers, I thought they were making it big because I was driving Peugeot or Toyota Camry.
“But when I came in here, the salary of Permanent Secretaries is under N500,000 per month; in such an environment where you have contractors coming with big temptations. The expectation is just too great and high. But the good news is, we will find a solution to this. It’s going to business unusual in Oyo State.”
The governor added that his administration would do everything possible to ensure that workers in the state are not exposed to the temptations of corruption, as it will not be business as usual for political mishaps.
He also urged the new state commissioners to follow his vision and manifesto of a quick development of Oyo State, giving them the assurance that his administration would conduct business in a relatively unusual manner that would change the narrative of governance in the state.